Sunday, October 20, 2019

Spoonbill & Sugartown Booksellers is featured in our latest YouTube video highlighting independently owned shops in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.

 Full video: https://youtu.be/PrgTcXH1T8g 

@spoonbillbooks was founded by Miles Bellamy and Jonas Kyles in 1999 and specializes in new, used, rare and out of print books. We go inside this lovely shop and see the co-owner and sign copies of Mini editions of both our “Store Front: The Disappearing Face of New York” and “Store Front II-A History Preserved” books.

• To see the interior of this amazing #independentbookstore and their stock of books 📚 and magazines including our signed books, please watch and subscribe to our channel.

We will be posting new videos EVERY FRIDAY, highlighting small unique businesses in NYC. 

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Saturday, October 19, 2019

When you run into one of your favorite NYC photographers David Godlis and he signs his Madonna at Gem Spa print for you!

Thank you!



Best Pizza Williamsburg on Havemeyer Street is featured in our latest YouTube video!

Full video: https://youtu.be/PrgTcXH1T8g

Best Pizza, which was founded by Frank Pinello, uses high quality ingredients including their own house-made mozzarella and a century-old brick wood-fired oven to create their delicious pizza 🍕

• • To see the interior of this pizzeria including their wood-fired oven 🔥 and watch as they make one of their white pies from start to finish (their white pie is $26 for a 20 inch pie) and also see in detail their vegetable pie and see us have their delicious classic cheese pie $23 for the 20 inch pie or $3.75 a slice🍕 please watch our video and subscribe to our our JamesandKarla YouTube channel.

 We will be posting new videos highlighting independently owned shops and small businesses in NYC every Friday!

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Our latest YouTube video: Williamsburg Food Tour & Vinyl Records, Brooklyn NYC is now live on our JamesandKarla channel!

Full video: https://youtu.be/OdElq5H4HXY 

In this Williamsburg Food Tour & Vinyl Records episode we visit two Brooklyn independently-owned food businesses and the largest vinyl record shop in New York City! We also check out a thrift and junk shop and a long-standing independent book store. 

We start the day with a visit to Northside Bakery on North 8th Street. This Polish family-owned bakery which was founded in 1992, sells artisan breads, rolls, pastries and an array of Polish food all at unbeatable low prices. They are known for their traditional Polish donuts, paczki, we which we purchase two of and also get a Rogal Piekarski, a large Polish baker’s crescent. 

We then walk a short distance to Rough Trade NYC on North 9th Street, the largest vinyl record shop in New York City! We go inside and look through the vast vinyl record collection in this large shipping container-filled warehouse space which not only functions as a vinyl music retailer but also has a full stage and concert venue, coffee shop, bookstore and exhibition space. 

After working up an appetite looking through all that vinyl, we walk to Best Pizza Williamsburg on Havemeyer Street. Best Pizza, which was founded by Frank Pinello, uses high quality ingredients including their own house-made mozzarella and a century-old brick wood-fired oven to create their delicious pizza. We watch as they make one of their white pies from start to finish. Their white pie is $26 for a 20 inch pie, We also see in detail their vegetable pie and have their delicious classic cheese pie $23 or $3.75 a slice. 

We then walk to Brooklyn Junk on Driggs Avenue. We go inside this large clutter-filled thrift store space selling everything from used vinyl records, furniture, vintage typewriters, telephones and porcelain.

After checking out the rows and rows of antiques and junk, we end the day with a visit to Spoonbill & Sugartown, Booksellers, on Bedford Avenue. This independently-owned bookstore, which was founded in 1999 specializes in new and used rare and out of print books. We sign copies of our Mini editions of both our “STORE FRONT: The Disappearing Face of New York” and “STORE FRONT II- A History Preserved” books.THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR WATCHING! 

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Thursday, October 17, 2019

Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Our photos of Let There Be Neon with owner Jeff Friedman are featured in "Almost Lost Arts" by Emily Freidenrich

We are excited to announce that our photos of the iconic New York City neon fabrication shop Let There Be Neon with owner Jeff Friedman are featured in the newly published book, "Almost Lost Arts" by Emily Freidenrich. They appear in "the Neon Sign Makers" chapter, pages 90-94.


This week is the Jewish holiday of Sukkot, which celebrates the gathering of the harvest and it got us thinking of Russ & Daughters Appetizers

This week is the Jewish holiday of Sukkot, which celebrates the gathering of the harvest and it got us thinking of Russ & Daughters Appetizers on Houston Street in the Lower East Side which has been in business since 1914.

Although Russ & Daughters is best known for their vast selection of smoked salmon, herring and #lox they also make their own bagels, challah and babka and sell dried fruits and nuts.

• • To see the interior of this iconic #appetizers shop and to watch Herman Vargas, the long-time manager at the shop lovingly create the perfect bagel, smoked salmon, cream cheese, tomato and onion sandwich for us please watch our NYC Neon, Smoked Salmon & Vintage Guitars Video and subscribe to our JamesandKarla YouTube channel. https://youtu.be/Ie6mKoEAc2